1. FINAL COUNTDOWN

    Clinton: Assad’s ‘Days Numbered’

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a plenary session of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo on July 8, 2012. The world conference aimed at charting a course for Afghanistan once foreign combat forces leave in 2014 got under way in Tokyo.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / Itsuo Inouye        (Photo credit should read ITSUO INOUYE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The “sand is running out of the hourglass” on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday. “There is no doubt that the opposition is getting more effective in their defense of themselves and in going on the offense,” Clinton said, and also cited the growing number of defections by high-level members of the Assad regime as a sign that the strongman ruler may soon be kaput. Opposition activists said at least 30 people died Sunday as the violence that has been ongoing for 16 months continued within the country.

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